Becci Wallace releases a new album, ‘Present Tense’.
It’s the first long-player from the East Kilbride-based singer-songwriter since ‘Fragmentality’, which came out in 2015, and includes single ‘Coloured In’, featuring Bryan McFarland (the only male voice on the album).
That, and one song co-written with Ask Tronomik aside (‘Conditional’), the album’s 12 songs are solely the work of Wallace – produced and mixed at NovaSound Studios and mastered by Tom S Ray at Audio Unity Group.
The gap break between releases is explained by the birth of Wallace’s two children, “It’s hard to truly describe the isolation, detachment and general sadness you can go through,” she says.
“The problem with feeling sad when you should be overjoyed is that you then feel guilty, which just makes the whole thing so much worse. I had no time to work on music, see my friends, or be anywhere or anything except a mother with two tiny kids.”
However, the songwriter, who also lectures in the subject at the University of the West of Scotland, bought a loop pedal and resumed her musical career.
“I felt like I had a platform and duty to write something that gave a truthful account of the trials of motherhood and partnerhood,” she says. “Motherhood is beautiful, but it is also challenging, at times unrewarding and thankless… What you don’t realise at the time is that a realignment will happen. The beauty of being a mother is that you have no more time to waste. The things that are important become blindingly clear. All the other stuff becomes dead weight.”
Wallace has previously collaborated with artists including Pearlfishers, Catherine Rudie, and her partner, Orwell Prize winning author and rapper Loki. She is also the creator of That’s What She Said – a series of podcasts featuring panels and performances from women in music.